The United States will preside over the IDB for the first time since its founding and wants to stop China in the region

The United States will preside over the IDB for the first time since its founding and wants to stop China in the region

Argentina has tried to block the election of Mauricio Claver Carone, adviser to President Donald Trump and the son of a Spaniard

The United States will preside over the IDB for the first time since its founding and wants to stop China in the region

The United States will preside over the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first time since its founding in 1959, following a vain attempt by Argentina to block the election of Mauricio Claver Carone , an adviser to President Donald Trump and the son of a Spaniard.

Claver Carone, a 45-year-old lawyer, is director of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council , and he did not have to suffer too much to overcome the opposition in Buenos Aires, which ended up withdrawing the candidacy of Gustavo Béliz , Secretary of Affairs this week. Fernández Strategic.

History shows that an American has never chaired the bank, which manages a voluminous portfolio of loans for the region. Argentina tried to convince a number of countries not to give a quorum in the virtual assembly that takes place this weekend, but Mexico collaborated only half, as did the European Union (EU) .

According to the Argentine media, Josep Borrell told the Fernández government that he agreed to postpone the election to March, when eventually Trump could no longer be in power. But the foreign affairs chief was ultimately unable to convince the European powers that have a presence on the IDB board that choosing a new president amid a pandemic was not appropriate.

Thus, Claver Carone saw his way clear. After describing as “old” several political leaders of the region , from the Argentine president to the Chilean foreign minister, Andrés Allamand , this week it was confirmed that Argentina did not reach the 25% blocking majority necessary to leave the session without a quorum for this weekend. of week.

Between Claver Carone and Fernández there is also something personal. The still member of the United States government was one of the three high officials that Trump sent to the inauguration of the Argentine president in December 2019. Claver Carone withdrew from the celebrations and did not greet Fernández when he learned that Jorge Rodríguez , Minister of Communications from Venezuela, was in Buenos Aires.

As a key member of the Nicolás Maduro regime, Rodríguez was prohibited from entering several countries, including Argentina, but he was in the Casa Rosada anyway. Before returning to his country, Claver Carone spread in the Argentine media, while Fernández was still talking with foreign delegations, his anger with Fernández.

“Unfortunately, due to some invitations and some surprises we received upon arrival, I decided not to go and leave early. I will not have the work meetings that I had scheduled for tomorrow,” the American told 'Clarín'.

According to the newspaper 'Perfil', Claver Carone is “obsessed with promoting regime changes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua ” and “symbolizes a return to an ideological view of inter-American diplomatic relations.”

The imminent president sees things differently. He vindicates himself as Latin American as previous presidents and candidates (“my father was born in Madrid , my mother in Havana and I in Miami “) and warns that we must get out of rhetoric and go to action. In this action is inscribed his plan to stop China , a country that, he says, is beginning to finance Central Banks of various countries in the region.

Claver Carone wants the IDB to be a catalyst for investments in Latin America. “In 2018 and 2019, United States investments in Latin America fell by 35,000 million dollars and rose 50,000 million towards Asia. We have to reverse that correlation .”

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